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Jagir Singh Judge, MD
(269) 429-1085
2550 Niles Rd
Saint Joseph, MI
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Gov'T Med Coll, Punjabi Univ, Patiala, Punjab, India
Graduation Year: 1965

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William Barney Smith, MD
(616) 429-6593
2727 S Lakeshore Dr Apt A2
Saint Joseph, MI
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1985

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Paul S Judge, MD
(269) 429-1085
2550 Niles Rd
Saint Joseph, MI
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Allergy Asthma & Sinus Center
(269) 429-1085
2550 Niles Rd # 3
St Joseph, MI

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Chester J Maternowski, MD
(616) 458-8873
345 Plymouth Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1953
Hospital
Hospital: St Marys Health Services, Grand Rapids, Mi; Spectrum Health -East Campus, Grand Rapids, Mi
Group Practice: Allergy Consultant Svc

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Sutinderpal Singh Judge, MD
313-745-0203 x8182
1855 Boardwalk
Saint Joseph, MI
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1999

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Byra M Reddy, MD
(616) 428-0002
3906 Stonegate Park
Saint Joseph, MI
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Karnataka Inst Med Sci, Karnataka Univ, Hubli, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1985

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Byra M Reddy
(269) 428-0002
3906 Stonegate Park
Saint Joseph, MI
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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David Freeman Keren, MD
(734) 214-0300
300 E Textile Rd
Ann Arbor, MI
Specialties
Anatomic And Clinical Pathology, Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1971

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Jaroslaw Peter Siwik, MD
(269) 324-4141
2600 West Centre
Portage, MI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Allergy And Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1997

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Food Allergies Call for Savvy Sleuthing

Some people grocery shop with a list. My friend, Susan, strolls along the aisles with a magnifying glass in hand. Why? She needs it for reading labels.

Her husband is one of the roughly 12 million Americans who have food allergies and one of roughly 1% of Americans who are allergic to peanuts. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, peanuts and tree nuts are the leading causes of fatal and near-fatal food allergic reactions.

It’s no wonder Susan isn’t taking any chances. Her magnifying glass trains on label after label, looking not only for obvious sources such as peanuts, peanut flour, and peanut butter but other more obscure forms of offending peanut proteins like peanut extracts, ground nuts, packaged cakes, crackers, soups, salad dressings, health bars, and chocolate candy, just to name a few. My usual supermarket sprint turned into a mega-shopping marathon when I decided to join Susan one afternoon, but it was well worth it. Now, I have bona fide experience at being a food allergy sleuth.

What Is Food Allergy?

Today, food allergy seems to be the new “in” medical disorder. It’s the hot topic discussed at cocktail parties, on talk shows, and by movie stars, moguls, and supermodels. But true food allergy isn’t something to take lightly.

Food allergy, explains Anne Muñoz-Furlong, cofounder of the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, “is a condition in which the immune system incorrectly identifies a food protein as a threat and attempts to protect the body against it by releasing chemicals into the blood. The release of these chemicals results in the symptoms of an allergic reaction.”

These symptoms, which may begin minutes or up to two hours after eating an offending food, can range from mildly annoying itching and wheezing to a life-threatening drop in blood pressure and loss of consciousness.

Food intolerance and food sensitivity are two terms commonly confused with food allergy. Food intolerance doesn’t involve the immune system. Instead, it’s a condition in which our bodies can’t adequately digest a certain component of a particular food. Lactose intolerance—an inability to digest the natural sugar in milk—is a good example. A reaction is uncomfortable but not usually life threatening.

The definition of food sensitivity is a bit fuzzier. It’s generally used as a blanket term for both food intolerances and food allergies, which at worst creates a plateful of misunderstanding.

“If you think you have a food allergy,” says Muñoz-Furlong, “keep a diet diary to help pinpoint the food or foods. Then, work in partnership with your doctor to get a proper diagnosis. If you’re tested and the results point to a food that’s a staple in your diet, speak up; it might be a false positive.”

A clinical history, meaning a detailed account of what you eat and how you f...

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